Thursday, 15 May 2014

Virtual reality for chickens would simulate a blissful free-range life

A world where all humans were living inside of virtual reality would be considered dystopian, but what if humans were to impose that same existence on the animals we raise and often subject to poor conditions? That's what one designer is proposing with the fictional company and service Second Livestock — effectively a combination of the Oculus Rift and multiplayer life sim Second Life. Second Livestock envisions tiny virtual-reality headsets that could be put on chickens, and presumably other livestock as well, to give them the impression that they're living a wonderful, free-range life.
"The goal of the project is to raise that question of how do we know what’s best, or what is humane treatment," designer Austin Stewart tells Ames...
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